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Fifty-Five Student-Athletes to Graduate on Friday

May 8, 2008

Clemson, SC – Fifty-five Clemson student-athletes, including basketball captain Cliff Hammonds and football captains Cullen Harper and Michael Hamlin, will receive diplomas during graduation ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum on Friday. There will be two graduation sessions, one at 9:30 a.m. and one at 2:30 p.m.

It will be a landmark day for Hammonds, who will receive his degree in the same facility where he received many cheers while leading the Clemson men’s basketball team for the last four years. Hammonds had a double major in architecture and psychology, and is the first Clemson scholarship men’s basketball player to earn a degree in architecture.

Hammonds will be joined by fellow seniors Sam Perry and Matt Morris on Friday. Perry will earn his degree in sociology and Morris will earn his degree in marketing. It will be the second time in three years that three Clemson men’s basketball players have graduated on the same day. Hammonds was the recipient of the Skip Prosser Award as the top ACC student-athlete in men’s basketball this past year. He is also a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Award, which will be presented on May 29 in New York.

Harper and Hamlin are two of the 12 Clemson football players who will receive degrees on Friday. While both are graduating, both will be back for another season with the Clemson football team. Both were second-team All-ACC players on the field this past year when they led the Tigers to a 9-4 record and a final top 25 ranking. Mark Buchholz and Jimmy Maners are two more Clemson football players who will graduate on Friday, but will return to the gridiron for a final year of eligibility in 2008. Clemson will actually have five players on the 2008 roster who already have degrees, as Akeem Robinson graduated this past December, but will be on the team in 2008.

Three members of Clemson’s 2007 ACC Champion volleyball team will receive their undergraduate degrees on Friday. That list includes Laura Boozer, Sue Eckman and Leslie Mansfield. Eckman is one of four student-athletes who were recently named to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society who will receive diplomas on Friday. The others are Lizzy Jennings (rowing), Matt Balderston (men’s swimming), and Maners. Balderston also just recently won an NCAA Postgraduate scholarship.

Other prominent Clemson student-athletes who will graduate on Friday include baseball catcher Doug Hogan, one of Clemson’s top home run hitters in recent years, five-time All-ACC track athlete Matt Clark, and women’s tennis athlete Carol Salge, who recently won MVP honors at the ACC Tournament, leading Clemson to the league title.

Clemson Student-Athletes Who Graduate Friday, May 9, 2008
Student-Athlete Sport Major
William Bond Baseball Marketing
Drew Fiorenza Baseball Accounting
Doug Hogan Baseball Financial Management
Adam Ward Baseball Economics
Bryan Baker Football Wildlife & Fisheries Biology
Mark Buchholz Football/Men’s Soccer Marketing
Bradley Flowers Football Health Science
Mike Hamlin Football Sport Management
Cullen Harper Football Management
Colin Leonard Football Management
Jimmy Maners Football History
Jermaine Martin Football Management
Brandon Pilgrim Football Workforce Training
Tribble Reese Football Marketing
Tyler Stone Football Financial Management
Chris Wade Football Management
Tanner Ervin Golf Management
Zack Siefert Golf Community Recreation Management
Cliff Hammonds Men’s Basketball Architecture and Psychology
Matt Morris Men’s Basketball Marketing
Sam Perry Men’s Basketball Sociology
Jarrett Lewis Men’s Soccer Political Science
Jeff Routh Men’s Soccer Financial Management
Matt Balderston Men’s Swimming & Diving Biochemistry
Andy Bergren Men’s Swimming & Diving Management
Jay Crout Men’s Swimming & Diving Human Resource Development
Sean Geary Men’s Swimming & Diving Management
Patrick Raisor Men’s Swimming & Diving Financial Management
Taylor Thompson Men’s Swimming & Diving Mechanical Engineering
Mark Vahle Men’s Swimming & Diving Political Science
Sam Bryfczynski Men’s Track & Field Computer Science
Matt Clark Men’s Track & Field Management
Vernita Boone Rowing Sociology
Kimberly Brendle Rowing Sociology
Julie Fishel Rowing Ceramic & Materials Engineering
Ford Heiner Rowing Marketing
Jaime Horgan Rowing Health Science
Lizzy Jennings Rowing Political Science
Elyse Roenick Rowing Psychology
Laura Boozer Volleyball Elementary Education
Sue Eckman Volleyball History
Leslie Mansfield Volleyball Elementary Education
Brittany Ross Volleyball Communication Studies
Adrianne Bradshaw Women’s Basketball Sociology
Moreemi Davis Women’s Basketball Sociology
Julie Bolt Women’s Soccer Psychology
Nuria Zufia Women’s Soccer Economics
Jill Allen Women’s Swimming & Diving Architecture
Peg Carter Women’s Swimming & Diving Health Science
Jen Grove Women’s Swimming & Diving Graphic Communications
Danielle Kazilionis Women’s Swimming & Diving Marketing
Whitney Sandison Women’s Swimming & Diving Financial Management
Mikaela Patterson Women’s Track & Field Health Science
Catheryne Porter Women’s Track & Field Elementary Education
Carol Salge Women’s Tennis Language & International Trade